Category Archives: Svalbard Norway

Polar Bear Blog – As El Nino Goes

This winter has been interesting to see how media and online sources are talking about not just El Nino but the Arctic Oscillation as well.  For me, this is pretty neat.  When I started driving Tundra Buggy in 1999, no one really had any idea what an El Nino was or what effect it would really have, Arctic Oscillation was actually something only talked about by 'climate change deniers' ha.  The 1999 era was taken as proof that global warming was here and the polar bears were doomed. So, its nice to see that climate is … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Holy Diver

A very interesting report has surfaced from Svalbard.  Published by Ian Stirling and Rinie Van Meurs, it records open water hunting behaviour that kind of takes things to a new level. In the late spring and summer, polar bears will hunt seals in and from the water.  Their most common open-water hunt is an 'aquatic stalk' where they swim up behind seals, sometimes diving underneath ice floes and then 'exploding' out of the water, trying to grab an unsuspecting seal. This bear quietly slid into the water about 50m (164 ft) away … Continue Reading ››